Friday, May 19, 2017

3 More Books to Read By The Fire

One of the delights of the cooler season is being able to snuggle up with a good book. In my spare time (when I'm not knitting), one of my favourite things to do is get a blanket and a hot cup of tea, and curl up with a good book for a little while. It's even cosier and more enjoyable with a fire lit, too.

Last winter I published 3 Books to Read by the Fire here, and you all enjoyed it so much I thought I'd do another post this season too. We've had a fire going all day here today, it's been so very cold and was raining for half of the day too. The skies have cleared this evening though; I think we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. (I hope you'll forgive the photo, it's one out of the same set that I used in last year's post. I've been so unwell all week, and stupidly thought I was better, resulting in making myself far worse today, so I've not had the energy to take a new photo! It's just a nasty cold and I hope a proper weekend off will finally see it gone! I still really wanted to publish this post, with the weekend starting tomorrow, so here it is!)

A couple of these are series recommendations, rather than just a single book. I hope you'll enjoy them and perhaps you might share some of your favourites in the comments below? We all love to discover good books!

1. Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
This is such an enjoyable read, as are the subsequent novels. It had me laughing from the first page and was a don't-want-to-put-it-down book from cover to cover. Her Royal Spyness is set prior to WWll, and is a lighthearted, humorous murder mystery that automatically left me wanting to read the next book. I'm very picky at what kind of murder mysteries I'll read, it doesn't take much to keep me up at night and aside from that I really don't like to read anything unpleasant. This book ticked all the right boxes for me, and has just enough detail about the main character's life, so that main story isn't solely focused just on the mystery. I highly recommend it!

2. One Day in May by Catherine Alliott
I saw this book at the library, and after reading the blurb put it back on the shelf, dismissing it as yet another cliche romance. My sister, however, read it and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised! It was enjoyable, humorous and didn't follow the kind of plotline I had thought it would; it was far more complex and interesting. I'd happily read this one again, and have now learned to not only reserve my judgement on a book's cover but also it's blurb. You really never can tell!

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I read this for the first time last year, and loved it. I've never been a big fan of any of the movie versions (although I do enjoy them), and was pleasantly surprised to find the book had much more depth to it than any of the screen productions. An enjoyable, reasonably lengthy read, perfect for a winter night.

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  1. I am cometely hooked on Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness stories! I have devoured them all and have been stalking the next books release date!

  2. I've enjoyed the Rhys Bowen books too. I couple of authors I enjoy, who luckily have written lots of books are: Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde (they are a little similar in style to Catherine Alliott). Hope you recover quickly.

    1. Oo I'll have to check them out, thank-you! x

  3. Ah Little Women, such a sweet story! Xx

    Kez |

  4. Oh, I loved Little Women!I saw the films first but I srill enjoyed the book. Have you read, the sequel - Good Wives? They are bith very nice, especially on a cold evening by the fire. They remind me of simpler times

    1. No I haven't read the sequel, I didn't even know there was one! I'll have to look that one up, thank-you :-)


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